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baldachin

[bal-duh-kin, bawl-]
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noun
  1. Also baudekin. Textiles. a silk brocade interwoven with gold or silver threads, used chiefly for ceremonial purposes.
  2. Architecture. a permanent ornamental canopy, as above a freestanding altar or throne.
  3. a portable canopy carried in religious processions.
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Also bal·dac·chi·no, bal·da·chi·no [bal-duh-kee-noh] /ˌbæl dəˈki noʊ/, bal·da·quin.

Origin of baldachin

1250–1300; earlier baldakin < Medieval Latin baldakinus < Italian baldacchino, equivalent to Baldacc(o) Baghdad (famous as a source of silk brocades) + -ino -ine1
Related formsbal·da·chined, adjective
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Examples from the Web for baldachin

Historical Examples

  • Two of the biggest, sir, stood in the adytum to form the baldachin over the Ark.

    Sixes and Sevens

    O. Henry

  • He placed it neatly on the crown-shaped ornament in the centre of the baldachin.

  • Its interior will be of pure gold, very massive, and it hath a Baldachin of velvet, embroidered with our ducal arms.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci

    Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky

  • It is probable that these columns belonged originally to the baldachin over the high altar.

  • The most striking object in the interior is the magnificent Romanesque baldachin above the high altar.


British Dictionary definitions for baldachin

baldachin

baldaquin baldachino (ˌbɔːldəˈkiːnəʊ)

noun
  1. a richly ornamented silk and gold brocade
  2. a canopy of fabric or stone over an altar, shrine, or throne in a Christian church or carried in Christian religious processions over an object of veneration
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Word Origin

Old English baldekin, from Italian baldacchino, literally: stuff from Baghdad, from Baldacco Baghdad, noted for its brocades
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